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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    So there are actually privately owned companies that run these sorts of Auschwitz carcentration camps?




    What sorts of miserable, spiteful, bullied throughout their life, ThaiVisa moderator-ish, malmomike-esque, pieces of joyless shower-drain gunk decide that this is the 9 to 5 life to be in.


    It's just another tax on the motorist!

    Trouble with this country, there's always someone trying to empty your pockets.same anywhere I suppose.

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    To be honest the constant parking charges are starting to leave a sour taste, and I'm not tight. Today we were going to just take a quick walk on Chesil Beach and get an icecream, but they wanted 4 just to stop for an hour. So bollocks to that.

    I have had to recalibrate my cost meter since arriving and am starting to get used to 18 pub meals and 5 plus pints, and I may even revisit Clevedon Pier, but this parking is something else.

    Btw Mike, we visited Abbotsbury Swannery today and it was fantastic. Great tip, thanks.

    PAG, I have unfinished business at Lyme Regis tomorrow and I think we'll carry on to Branscombe for a look around, thanks for that. On Thursday we head back up north to Somerset.

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    Fok that.

    Give me Somchai that can just stop in the middle of the road outside a 7 and kill 26 in a big pileup any day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Btw Mike, we visited Abbotsbury Swannery today and it was fantastic. Great tip, thanks.
    glad you had a good time, hope there were loads of signets.

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    ^ It is a bit late in the year for cygnets apparently, but I'll update that in due course.


    After we returned from Lyme Regis we crossed off a proper fish an' chips from the list. It was cod this time, none of that Alaskan Pollock nonsense. I hadn't had a battered sausage for an age, either. The abundance of delicious food so readily available in he UK could well turn into a problem.



    Money...



    The daughter was distracted for a moment and it very nearly turned into a problem...



    These guys are ruthless.




    And then the main event. I hadn't been swimming in the sea in England since I was my daughter's age, around 44 years ago. My daughter had never swum in the sea over here. We decided to remedy this.

    You just have to go for it, no messing.



    I don't like to swear but the sea was absolutely fucking freezing, especially when it reached ball height.



    But there's the proof... my first swim in the English sea in over four decades, and I think my last.



    Not to be outdone, the daughter showed she was game.



    That cold water had some effect on me and while the daughter played in the surf I lay back up the beach and warmed up. I think this was the first time I've felt relaxed in a very long time. I have trouble relaxing these days. I haven't had a cigarette in 19 years but I really felt like one on that beach. The feeling never completely leaves you.



    I lay back and looked up at the sky... but the relaxed feeling left me. I started to think about that guy who was decapitated by a falling boulder in Cheddar Gorge.



    Time for dinner.



    Money...


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    Loving the updates. Those meals look decent, probably the first time in years lil Mendip has eaten well.
    Last edited by DrWilly; 20-07-2022 at 05:42 AM.

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    I'm impressed Mendip!

    Not about your plunge, but the fact that your daughter ordered baked beans with her bangers and chips!

    Respecto!

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    Thread keeps getting better and better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But there's the proof... my first swim in the English sea in over four decades, and I think my last.
    And you look like you're wearing your wiking silk shorts !

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    I think you'll find it was 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' that featured Meryl Streep in Lyme Regis, with Richard Gere nowhere to be found.

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    Last time I swam in the sea in the UK was at Sidmouth, so not far from Lyme Regis. From recollection, the sea temperature was a relatively warm 18 C.

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    ^ Well, it was -6 C two days ago.


    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I think you'll find it was 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' that featured Meryl Streep in Lyme Regis, with Richard Gere nowhere to be found.
    Yes, you're quite correct Cyril, a bit of research has shown it was Jeremy Irons. I think I was getting mixed up with 'An Officer and a Gentleman', a favourite of mine.

    Although I'm sure Richard Gere has visited Lyme Regis at some time or another.


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    The beast of Bodmin

    Looks great down there.
    How much was the room in the pub per night?
    I need to go London with these 2 in a few weeks for new Thai passports.

    The price of a decent hotel near Kensington is between 5 and 800 quid a night.

    I can get a luxury apartment with hot tub for 150 on Air bnb.

    A bit late now but you could have probably found a place on there with its own driveway/parking space

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    A pilgrimage across southern England-20220720_144157-jpg

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    You can tell by the stride that he really just needed a dump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Well, it was -6 C two days ago.
    Out of interest, I just Google'd Sidmouth sea temperature and got this, so 18 C would have been correct.

    Sea water temperature Sidmouth today | United Kingdom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle
    I can get a luxury apartment with hot tub for 150 on Air bnb.

    A bit late now but you could have probably found a place on there with its own driveway/parking space
    This really is worth considering.

    A few years back we stayed in Stratford Upon Avon - very similar parking problems.

    Not for us, though. Parking included via airbnb.

    Just the other side of the canal from a pub garden.

    And the Mondeo will, like the mullet, one day be in vogue again.
    at 50 something, you're not a millennial any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    So there are actually privately owned companies that run these sorts of Auschwitz carcentration camps?




    What sorts of miserable, spiteful, bullied throughout their life, ThaiVisa moderator-ish, malmomike-esque, pieces of joyless shower-drain gunk decide that this is the 9 to 5 life to be in.
    I worked in a car park as a summer job about age 16.

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    Looks like you guys are having a wonderful time. The British coastal towns are seriously underrated in my view, it is a shame, in normal times, that so many people choose to go abroad and to never see so many places in our homeland. Glad you guys are tucking into some proper grub and those '99p' flakes look amazing but I am sure no where near 99p! parking is a bit of a fraud, we pay taxes already don't we? Try the costs in London, some paring lots in London are 10 or 20 quid an hr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I worked in a car park as a summer job about age 16.
    Go PH! Go KW!

    Go PH! Go KW!

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    99 flakes, not had on in years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It looks a bit dodgy to lie at the base of the cliff face to be honest.
    Erm, yes. There are special warnings in place during the hot spell too, increased risk of rock falls, apparently. I don't know why, you'd need to ask a geologist. Anyway, no harm done.

    As for the outrageous cost of parking, this was definitely one of the considerations when I decided not to hire a car on my recent visit. Not really an option for you with Mini-Mendip in tow.

    Great pics and the south coast looks very inviting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    What sorts of miserable, spiteful, bullied throughout their life, ThaiVisa moderator-ish, malmomike-esque, pieces of joyless shower-drain gunk decide that this is the 9 to 5 life to be in
    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I worked in a car park as a summer job about age 16
    I think Eddie's referring to officials and attendants rather than rent boys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Go PH! Go KW!

    Go PH! Go KW!



    It does seem to work every time.

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    ^^Aaand Reg notches the tap in.



    Ahh, the vicissitudes of TD postin'.

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